PR tran­sit sys­tem ready for launch

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The United Coun­ties of Prescott-Rus­sell (UCPR) and Care­for Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices are launch­ing a new pub­lic tran­sit sys­tem to en­able res­i­dents of the eight mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ac­cess es­sen­tial ser­vices.

With $2 mil­lion in fund­ing from the On­tario gov­ern­ment, $1.5 mil­lion will be used to de­velop an in­ter­mu­nic­i­pal trans­porta­tion ser­vice while the other $500,000 will be used to pur­chase an adapted mini­van and the ser­vices of a driver for Care­for.

“This trans­porta­tion net­work promises to change the land­scape of Prescott and Rus­sell for the bet­ter, and for the ben­e­fit of all its res­i­dents,” says Ca­role Lav­i­gne, di­rec­tor of the coun­ties’ eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and tourism depart­ment.

“More of­ten than not, it is a chal­lenge for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas to travel around and ac­cess the ser­vices they need, such as med­i­cal ap­point­ments or shop­ping,” ex­plains Alice Grenon, Di­rec­tor of Care­for Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vices.

Mov­ing for­ward, the coun­ties and the con­sult­ing firm Ax­ion will be­gin iden­ti­fy­ing the needs of the pop­u­la­tion in terms of com­mu­nity trans­porta­tion by con­duct­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions and sur­veys.

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